I’ve been down in the green valley, the Holy place.

The one where the river flows ever onward to its birthplace, carrying the tortured history, winding slow with measured precision, to cast upon the ocean. Down where the sacred hills, those silent sentinels to the glorious but tragic past, keep watch in painful solitude. Down where the spirits keen and await each dawn with hopeful intent of peaceful morn. Where the lonesome, royal fort is no more, the ramparts trampled roughshod and buried underfoot. Where the memories of olden kingly splendor died ‘neath the invaders harsh heel. Down where the royal plain stretches, forlornly grasping at the distant, unreachable horizons.

Down where the stone of destiny sits in erect remembrance, remembering. Where ancient Brehons, in their colored robes, inscribed the laws of the common man in flowing ogham script. Where the magicians cast the spells of the Tuatha and conjured up the Fianna, the young ones, the ones who would fight to save them. Down where the sacred mound exhales the essence of all that has gone before, and inhales all that will ever be, the inscribed stones ever alive. Where the sun aligns in glorious magnitude within the cloistered, chambered walls. Down where the haunting, haunted battle cries beseech the blooded banks and echoes among the reeds and rushes. Where the lark soars straight as a fletchers’ creation, upward, up to the blue heaven, and sings.

Down where the final slaughter reached it’s bloody, brutish, climactic end on the plains of royal Meath. The old King gone, the planted pretender crowned with a foreign, alien hand, the scepter cursed. Where the blood soaked shields awash in the churning torrent, sailed out upon the reddened river. Where the fields absorb the crimson life force of the vanquished warriors, grotesquely strewn, dead, in furrow, bracken and tussock.

Yes, I have been down in that green valley. 

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Tags: Folklore, History of Ireland, Literature, Meath, Mythology, Poetry

Comment by Gerry Regan on August 9, 2014 at 11:10am

John, does your poem refer to the Hill of Slane? I'm not very knowledgeable about this bit of history, but your work inspires me to learn more.

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 9, 2014 at 11:14am

It refers to the sacred Boyne Valley.....Bru na Boinne......

If you get a chance to read my book I promise you will learn more about your land of birth than you ever thought possible. The real story.

Comment by Gerry Regan on August 9, 2014 at 11:17am

Again, John, which book is this, and where can it be acquired, please?

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 9, 2014 at 11:18am

It;s titled "Don't Die With Regrets." On sale at Amazon.com

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 9, 2014 at 11:19am

My father's last words to me on this earth......"Son, whatever you do, Dont Die With Regrets."


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Comment by Fran Reddy on August 11, 2014 at 7:26pm

Fabulous John! Is this an excerpt from the above mentioned book?

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 11, 2014 at 8:04pm

Thank you Fran. No,It's not in the book, this is a new poem I wrote.

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